Denver Has A Climate Tax On The Ballot

Will the climate cultists of Denver vote in favor of the tax?

Denver climate tax hike aims to fund pollution reduction efforts

Denver voters will be among those casting ballots in a handful of major U.S. cities on measures tackling climate change, and prospects of a measure passing locally look good, organizers say.

Denver ballot measure 2A asks to increase that city sales tax rate 0.25% to start paying for city greenhouse gas emissions-reduction projects that could cost hundreds of millions of dollars in coming years.

The climate sales tax hike is projected to raise $36 million annually after accounting for the pandemic slowdown in the local economy, according to forecasts by a mayor-appointed task force that helped refine the ballot proposal.

The money would be used by the city government’s Office of Climate Action, Sustainability, and Resiliency.

Mayor Michael Hancock created the office last fall in a compromise with the group Resilient Denver that was reached after the climate activists agreed not to pursue a different ballot measure that would have taxed business energy use to fund city greenhouse gas reductions.

If approved, the measure would increase the city’s sales taxes from 8.31% to 8.56%.

That’s really chump change. Why not raise that sales tax to 10% if they really care? Hey, how about one that adds $1 to every gallon of gas? How about banning the use of fossil fueled vehicles in the city? Sure, that would do away with the airports, sports teams, business, but, hey, we’re saving the world, people!

Supporters of the tax increase say its appears likely to pass. Campaign-backed polling finds two-thirds of respondents would be in favor of the tax hike when they hear the official ballot language, said Lynea Hansen, a spokeswoman for 2A supporters.

But, when people actually go to vote, will they vote to raise their own taxes? The answer is typically “no.” I guess we’ll see.

The sales tax increase funding would be considered a start.

Meaning that the Climate Cult grand poobahs expect to raise taxes more.

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2 Responses to “Denver Has A Climate Tax On The Ballot”

  1. Dana says:

    Denver is one of those very expensive cities which have priced the working class out of the city limits, so yeah, it’s very possible that it will pass.

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